Rust and corrosion are metal’s sworn enemy. When it comes to your air conditioning unit, corrosion on some of its components, such as the evaporator and condenser coils, can spell disaster. In fact, corrosion is responsible for approximately 40% of air conditioning failures in the United States. But how does this occur, and how can it be prevented? In today’s post, trusted air conditioning and heating repair company, Richardson Air Systems, explains.
What Causes Corrosion on Your Air Conditioner?
The outdoor components of your AC are constantly exposed to the elements. While the cabinet which houses these important components does a good job of protecting most of them, it’s not impenetrable, and water and moisture can still get in through the grills.
Another more subtle cause of rust and corrosion in the indoor components of your air conditioning system is formaldehyde, which is a chemical present in most homes. Formaldehyde causes a reaction in copper, leading to formicary corrosion that weakens patches along it, which can cause refrigerant leaks.
How to Prevent Corrosion on Your AC
There’s really not much you can do about your air conditioning unit’s exposure to excess moisture and rain. The best way to prevent rust and corrosion is to regularly schedule maintenance for your cooling and heating units.
Hiring trusted HVAC contractors to check your system at least once a year can do wonders for your system. During a maintenance appointment, a skilled technician will inspect your entire system to make sure everything is in proper order and can prevent problems such as refrigerant leaks due to corrosion even before they have a chance to begin.
To make sure that your air conditioner runs smoothly and is rust-free, be sure to give the experts at Richardson Air Systems a call at (609) 484-1090, or fill out our contact form to schedule a free appointment with one of our highly-trained technicians.